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Verizon: Global Roaming on the DROID 4 and LG Spectrum to be Enabled Later this Year

Both the DROID 4 and LG Spectrum that were announced this week at CES have global radios inside, but because of a network issue, they are not active. To this point, none of Verizon’s LTE phones have active global roaming, however, that is about to change according to VZW spokesperson Brenda Raney:

 “The LTE phones work globally in over 40 countries that currently use CDMA technology…. For the new LTE phones to provide global roaming voice and data in non-CDMA countries, we are working on a few network enhancements so we can provide customers with the best voice and data roaming experience. We anticipate this capability to be available this year, likely the first half of the year.”

You can see our first looks at the devices here and here.

Via:  Phonescoop

Cheers Tim!

  • Robert Troy

    Greedy Verizon: Before my last trip to Middle East, I called Verizon to disconnect my International roaming on my Motorola Droid. They told me they cannot and explain the procedure for doing it by myself. I do it. Then when I land in Jeddah I get an Alarm about data roaming charges. I call customer support, they walk me through the process again, same thing.  When I get back I have an enormous charge on my bill. I feel totally trapped. Did somebody experienced the same problem and found a way to resolve it with Verizon? Any recommendation is welcome. My only solution for now is to change the service provider.

  • jake creed

    Droid 3 is probably last good looking Droid from Moto.  This new look they are going for is not attractive to me. 

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  • Anthony Palumbo

    comparison of og droid and all global droids since
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  • Chris

    There should be a law against Carriers disabling features that are already built into a phone. Greedy Verizon wants internationally traveling customers to pay Verizon’s exorbitant roaming fees.. when they should be able to pop in sim cards from local countries and use them without any fees to Verizon.

    eff you verizon and other American carriers.

    • Doan

      I agree with your idea, but I don’t think the government has (or should have) the authority to force a private business to implement features on their devices.  It’s a luxury that our phones are able to do all that they’re able to do as it is; it’s not a right that the government should enforce.

      • Chris

        it is not a luxury when you pay a small fortune to buy it. You talk as if Carriers give away phones for free. Even when they subsidize the phone.. they end up raking in a lot more over the contract period that you get locked into in return for the subsidy.

        • Doan

          Being expensive, doesn’t exempt it from being a luxury.

        • http://www.facebook.com/bhaxprime Ben Hackney

          Just for devils advocate sake, I will say that Verizon does subsidize a lot of the phone cost.  Would you be willing to fork out $700 for a completely unlocked phone?

          • Guest

            Yes

  • Rawheat

    That screen is so…damn…fine!

  • Butters619

    I like how people bash Moto and the D4, when it’s Verizon and the LTE that is the problem.

    • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

      VZW and LTE require a poor screen?  I know that Moto blames VZW for the locked bootloader, but they are the only manufacturer that has a military grade encryption on their’s.

      • Butters619

        I was referring to the global not being enabled.  The screens and bootloader they are responsible for.

        • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

          Gotcha.

  • napes

    The Droid 4 screen looks horrendous. 

    • Anonymous

      The pic makes it look worse then it is.  Pentile is not that bad unless you get really close to it or have something in a fixed spot and then it move (bluring).  But the nexus screen does blow all the pentile, AMOLED or not, out of the water.

      • Skinja99

        I think the Rezound looks much nicer than the GNexus

        • Anonymous

          Can’t get past Sense to see it.

      • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

        The pentile screens aren’t that bad, if you don’t look at them.  :)

  • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

    That is a great look at those beautiful Moto screens.  /s

    • Postdante

      They f*** up this phone and the brand,
      It’s so ugly and looks very cheap and plasticky, even worse than Droid 3.

      I was fighting with myself over final opinion… but this is it – going after some of the new Sony products, no hope for qwerty smartphones alas

      OG Droid Owner

      • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

        I pulled out my OG last night to clean it up.  I am giving it to my sister to replace her LG Ally.  I couldn’t believe how small and slow it feels after a month with the Gnex.  I am going to pull out my old WinMo HTC Mogul tonight for shits and giggles.

        • Postdante

          I stiil possess HTC Diamond, little and beauty thing, nice giggling too.

          Actually I can’t imagine anything bigger and heavier  than OG Droid – as it comes from this Droid 4 thing…

      • Jordan

        What the hell are you talking about? I had a D3 and there was nothing Cheap or Plastic(y) about it..

        I now have a RAZR and the D4 looks similar… so you thinking it is ugly will be opinion. 

  • Chuck

    Look at that cluttered notification bar. Clean it up, people.

  • Chris G

    This phone even with Moto’s promise of less this year will be an antique before the update hits.

    It is a ‘shut up the masses’ statement.  Nothing more.

  • Johan

    I read that quote yesterday from Phonescoop. Very vague. The rep didn’t specifically mention the Droid 4 and  Spectrum. Just “new LTE phones” will be able to take advantage of the network enhancements. No mention of an update to the phones.

    As global Droid user, I won’t be buying the Droid 4 unless it’s global out of the box. Promised updates all too often never come or if they do, it’s too far off.

    • K. Peters

      An update is possible since eHRPD is more a network upgrade than a chip implementation. So existing global dual chip designs (ie. Droid 4) can be made global with updates. It’s just that Verizon has to update their network first.

      • Tywine

        Does the radio in the Galaxy Nexus fall under this category as well?

        • Anonymous

          The verizon GNex does not have a GSM radio in it.  The Droid 4, RAZR, Spec all do, but verizon disabled.

  • Skinja99

    But these are not global or world phones. They still don’t have a GSM sim card slot, right??    So to use them in other countries, you would have to pay VZW for extremely expensive roaming packages,

    With my Dinc2, I called VZW and had them unlock the GSM. Now when I travel, I can just drop in a local prepaid sim card.

    • Anonymous

      Were you able to get data over the network with the foreign sim card? I was in France and put a sim card there that worked on my brothers Australian iPhone (voice and data). Voice worked for me on my inc2, but not data.

      • Skinja99

        You have to make sure you have something called Access Point Names or APN set up correctly in the settings. It is just a string of digits that need to be in there. You can look them up for each carrier/network online.

        Turn on GSM in wireless networks. Then go to GSM/UMTS options to add an APN

        • Anonymous

          yes, exactly, the local APN can be found easily by googling.  a lot of local providers and sim shops don’t even know this.

    • Anonymous

      I’m pretty sure the Droid 4 and Spectrum will have GSM sim slots just like your Dinc2.  I’m wondering if they actually have 2 sim slots; one for the LTE sim card and one for the GSM sim card.  In actuality this delay could be happening because they are trying to figure out a way to use one sim card for LTE and GSM.

      • Skinja99

        Lets hope so. But you would think they would just come out and say so. Instead we get a bunch of vague words.

        Cause they sound like they are talking about their network, and not the phone hardware.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • MrKnowItAll

    did they forget that every single carrier has a different implementation of LTE?  Even in the US VZW, Sprint, and MetroPCS are not interoperable.  Different band classes of which are not all included in a single rf/sw implementation (yet).

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think they are talking about roaming LTE.  Just roaming GSM.  I would be happy with basic voice/data when roaming and not be greedy asking for LTE speeds.

  • Hatethecarriers

    at $1/mb this should be a wonderful and fulfilling experience…..for them.

    • Anonymous

      unlocking and using a local sim is what most people do

  • Anonymous

    What’s the widget there for the contacts?  Or is that a Droid4 feature?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      Blur contacts widget.

      • Anonymous

        Figured.  Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      Thats the contacts widget that was introduced with MAP(people still call it Blur though) on the Droid 3. It has a snazzy animation when you swipe it open. Refer to the review videos here on the Droid 3 so you can see.